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September 12™ 1915. 



NOTICE. 

The Relief Officer of your bar- 
racks has a collecting-box for the 
"Ruhleben Bed Fund 14 , to endow a 
"Ruhleben Bed a in perpetuity in one 
of the Red Cross hospitals at Home. 

As a Britisher 

You are expected 

to make some sacrifice for this 
object not merely to give of your 
superfluity. The Relief Off icers are 
keeping the boxes for a month so 
that, in four weekly contributions 
of 25 Pfennigs, even the poorest 
Britisher may add his round Mark. 

If you are British you will make 
some sacrifice for those who are 
making far greater sacrifices than 
those you are priveleged to make. 

Forgetting to go to the box (it 
will not be brought to you) will be 
a very contemptible excuse for non- 
contribution. 




In 

Ruhleben Camp 

m 7. September 1915. 



|T is with very great pleasnre tliat we publish 
in this nnmber a letter from the Captain of 
Captains, Mr. J. W. Powell, addressed to the 
Camp. We hope tliat the Camp will recognise 
the importance of this departure from the 
hitherto Spinx-like attitude of our admini- 
strative body. Having adopted a policy it would havp been 
very human if the Captains had pnrsned it rigidly to the 
end but instead they have recognised that it lay within 
their power to remove, to a very large extent, the clond of 
misunderstanding which prejudiced their relations with the 
Camp. Within the last fortnight the Captains' Office has 
recognised the natural desire of the Camp for representation 
and information and has evinced its desire to accede to 
that wish as far as is practicable. The official notices 
published in our last issue were a step in the right direction 
and we trust that the f act that the cooking stoves announced 
in that number have been turned down will not deter the 
Captains from further publication of their plans. They may 
have the idea that they are sparing the Camp a disappoint- 
ment in not Publishing improvements until they are faits 
accomplis but the fact that the Camp is conscious that it 
knows to some extent at least what is going on and towards 
what end the Captains are striving is a more than sufficient 
compensation for any such disappointment that may crop 
up. Illogical? Yes, but human nature. 

In the past we have not hesitated to criticise the 
Captains' attitude believing as we did that it was not con- 
ducive to the welfare of the Camp and now that body is 
striving to clear up the misunderstandings that have arisen 
and place our Camp Constitution and control on a happier 
and a more confidential basis it may count on the very 
cordial support, such as it is worth, of the Camp Magazine. 



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I AR TS & SCIENCE I 

I UNION | 

| Report: | 

E (// is proposed in future under this heading to record the Work of the = 

E pasl fortnight.) E 

| POPULÄR LECTURES. j 

E Mr. Lockyer Roberts' lectures on "Wireless Tele- E 

E graphy" on Aug. 25 & 28 aroused responsive attention = 

E and it was arranged for him to continue them on = 

ES Sept. 1 & 4. Dr. Anderson, who was to lecture on = 

= Bye-products of Coal Distillation kindly consented to = 

=E postpone his lecture until the following week. = 

= On Aug. 25 Mr. Fred Carter gave another lecture = 

{= in French, this time on the Belgian Congo. = 

= On Aug. 28 Mr. Plowman lectured on Mexico. ES 

= On Sept. 4 Mr. Foster-Kell lectured again on California = 

= in response to many requests. = 

jE Mr. Masterman's Friday lectures continue to = 

= attract large and enthusiastic audiences. = 

= On Aug. 30 a series of four papers on Modern =J 

= English Thinkers was read in the Grand Stand Hall in =J 

= the evening under the collective title "What's wrong = 

|J with the World". Mr. Pender dealt with G. K. Chester- E 

= ton; Mr. Rawson with H. G. Wells; Mr. Cohen with = 

= Israel Zangwill; Mr. Andrew^s w^ith Low^es Dickinson. = 

= The Science Circle has been formed under Dr Lech- = 

Ü mere's direction, Mr. Chadwick acting as secretary. On E 

E Sept. 1 Dr. Higgins read a paper on "Some experiments E 

E in Chemical Composition and Physical Behaviour". E 

IMPORT ANT NOTICE. Those attending populär | 

E lectures are requested in favour of lectures already = 

= begun not to carry their chairs on to the Grand E 

E Stand until such lectures are concluded. E 



PHOEBE AND THE NEW SPIRIT. 



**T jAVE you noticed how cheerful everybody looks ?" asked 
■■■ •*■ Phoebe. "I wonder why it is." 

"Yes I've noticed it too. I expect it's another number of 
the Camp paper out. The last one was tremendously appreciated 
by everyone". 

"I don't think it is that." 

"Perhaps it is because the strike is over. I should have 
said the strikes are over. The example set by the R.D,S. 
and Company seems to have been infectious, you must know. 
There was a little trouble with the Boiler-house, I don't know 
whether you heard about it ? And there were even clouds on 
the parcel post horizon. The Camp was dreadfully Irightened 
about ix all. But everyone concerned went down on their knees 
like good little boys, and promised the nioe kind unselfish 
people who lock after us, that they would not be naughty 
again. Anci now I trust the breach is healed and Peace will 
reign in the Camp tili it reigns outside." 

"I don't think it is that." 

"Ther: 1*11 teil you what it is. It's because, although the 
strike is over, none of the societies are giving shows. Because 
of courst,, you can't oonsider the music hall artists a society, 
they are committee-men." 

"I always thought that the Camp enjoyed the shows.'' 

"Did you ? Then I don't know what it is. By Jove ! 
Yes, I do though. It's because the Captains no longer object 
to 'representation on principle'. I don't exactly know how one 
does object to representation 'on principle' still it just shows 
how clever the Captains are, when they can not only f ormulate 
a new theory, but put that theory into practice." 




___ Otsfe. ToOCH OF KATORFi 
- M^KES THE, VvMOLG 



"Dcn't be silly ! They meant that they' objected to the 
principle of representation. 

"Oh ! In that case then, I too am glad that they have 
changed their minds. Because I presume that after the happy 
settlement of the strike with the sccieties there will be no more 
objection to representation 'on principle'. It's not British, I '11 
be hanged if it is. 

"You will probably be hanged if you are heard uttering 
such statements." 

"No ! No ! The Captains are reformed. They have opened 
their arms and taken the Camp into their confidence. No more 
the dread secrecy of the midnight dungeon. They have confided 
to us their hopes of a brighter future, when men shall stand 
round the promised cooking-range and talk gently of the good 
deeds of certain great men, or recall with a sad smile the old 
days when the Captains stood on one- side of their arm-bands 
and the Camp on the other, so to speak." 

"Yes" I continued, A reign of joy is Coming with the 
rain of Winter. Why, Phoebe clear, do you know that one of 
the captains now refuses to wear that outward and visible sign 
of an inward and idiotic distinction — . the arm-band. He refuses 
to wear it. But we know him nevertheless, know him by the 
aureole around his saintly head, just as we should know the 
other captains without their arm-bands. Who will ever forget 
Powell as he Stands placidly smiling and hintmg his wishes 
in his musical voice?" 

"Are you not getting too optimistic?" 

"I don't know, Phoebe. I only know that I too feel that 
cheerfulness to which you referred, coursing in my veins. I feel 
that everything will be well, and that no more letters will be 
lost in the Captains' Office." 

"What do you mean?" 

"What I say. The great moral sanitation of the Captains' 
Office, which the official statement in the last number of the 
Camp paper heralded, will, I am sure, include its practical 
Organisation, and all those letters which now get lost, will be 
answered. Letters from Societies who want God, (and Powell) 
knows what, for instance. If all those letters are going to be 
answered, instead of merely being lost, it will mean a great 
step towards making the Camp that Utopia, which, we are sure, 
is the Captains' only aim ; though the means adopted are 
sometimes a little queer." I stopped to wipe my eyes. 

"I always thought you disliked the captains", said Phoebe. 

"I hked them as much as anybody eise I avowed eagerly, "but 
I am afraid I did not always understand them. Now I know them — ." 

"You talk in the same way as they generally did." 

"Thank you for the compliment." T. O. 




MÜLLS 



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'((CORNERS 



WE were not ,able to allude in our last number to the 
Souvenir Election Booklet owing to the fact that we have go to 
press so iong previous to publicatiom but we ishould like to 
take this opportunity of eongratulating Messirs Spicer, Boss, Castang 
and Cohen who were responsible for the editing and publication 
thereof. For those who took part in the election it will be a 
means of refreshing pleasant memories and although to imany 
of us the onlooker seemed to get much the worst of the game 
yet there ,are no doubt others to whom Mr. Cohen's spiritedl 
account and the clever little introduetion from Mr. Spicer's pen 
will be an aid to the recounting of an amusing week at Ruhleben. 
We must also not forget the artist's who worked so hard and 
who contrifbuted m so Iarge a diegree to the success of the 
publication. 

SO far in its short, but far from uneventful, existence the 
Camp rag has been consistently frank and shown no lack of 
promptitude in condemning either persons or actions which appeared 
to it not to conduce to the public weal. Some, indeed many, 
people like us for it and others — jdon't! But at last has 
arrived an opportunity of manifesting to the Camp at large 
that at least we are unbiased and unprejudiced in our viewä, 
so far as is consistent with human nature, for this week we 
have to jump on ourselves and that we will proceed to do right 
lustily. In our last number we published a letter referring to 
the boiler house, a production which was capable of anunpleasant 
interpretation. It crept through by an oversight for which we 
beg the pardon of the gentlemen concerned and of the Camp 
as a (whole iand please we will try and never never do it again. 
By the way, we may say that we are not attempting to make 
a virtue of necessity for we have not been even asked to make 
this apology but do it "on our own" and very sincerely. We 
are also jglad to note that the gentleman who wrote us the 
letter has «dorne foilward an'd also done the right (hing. 



WE are [glad to hear that Mr. Pentland and Mr. Cameron 
have prepared a little souvenir booklet of the last football season 
and, having been priveleged to see the contents, we can assure 
the Camp that this is really a souvenir worth having. To begin 
vvith it is written by men who really know their subejct and 
the Suggestions to players written by Mr. Pentland s'hould 
encourage rnany of our players in the resolution to improve 
their form for the Coming season. The "Who's Who", giving 
as it does, the home address of the players will be valuable 
in after days when one has forgotten the adress of "Old So- 
and-so" who iwas in your barrack and to whom a letter is owing. 



FROM the same source we are exhorted not to worry 
about a winter smoke room. Everything possible is being done 
to provide for comforts of this description. 



THE Camp has seen the letter from the British Foreign 
Office with regard to the medal question and will be glad to 
hear that the Captains are hastening to inform the Authorities 
at home that they had nothing to do officially with the medal 
movement nor was it, in any sense of the word, a Camp 
movement. The resolution passed at the Anti-medal Meeting 
together with the signatures thereto will probabiy also be 
forwarded. 

We trust that this snub from the Home Authorities will 
deter any further attempt on the part of any small section of 
the Camp to act in a way calculated to prejudice the whole 
Camp in the eyes of the people at home. 




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CUSTOMER at Canteen: What is butter worth ? 

Man inside: Chairman of the Debating Society of course. 



THE Entertainments have sent us the following list of fixtures: 
Thursday Sept. 2. "Variety Entertainment." 
Thursday Sept. 9. "Mr. Preedy and the Countess." 
Saturday Sept. 18. "On opere sans douleur." 

"L'Anglais tel qu'on le parle." 
Thursday Sept. 23. "My Pal Jerry." 
Thursday Sept. 30. "L'Enfant Prodigue." 
Thursday Oct. 7. "The Importance of being Earnest." 
Thursday Oct. 14. "The Brixton Burglary." 
Thursday Oct. 21. "Trial by Jury." 

"Well Pm — ." 
Thursday Oct. 28. "Variety Entertainment." 
Thursday Nov. 4. "The Playboy of the Western World" 



THE Strike about which we had something to say in our 
last is now a thing of the past and we trust that the absolutely 
amicable relations now reigning in Camp entertainment circles 
will continue indefinitely. The Constitution of the new committee 
is as follows, Chairman Mr. Thorpe, Vice Chairman, Mr. Turn- 
bull; Independant members, Messrs Willis and Cotterill; Meslsrs 
Tapp and Roker and the following representatives of the various 
societies, R. D. S., Mr. Eden; FrenCh and German, Mr. Bell; 
Music, Mr. Bainton, and Irish and Debating Society Mr. Boyd. 
The only possible danger now would seem to come from the 
Debating Society for, with such a body behind him, there is no 
knowing what a (man with the "blarney" cannot do ! 



fT was quite encouraging to see the füll hall which turned 
up to the Shakespeare Evening and would seem to point out 
that the English in Ruhleben at all events are not so indifferent 
to our great national poet as some people declare us to be. 
In opening Professor Patchett, who occupied the chair, pointed 
out that the lectures that evening were not to be regarded in 
any way as of a strike-breaking nature, a Statement which received 
the obvious approval of the audience. The first Speaker was 
Mr. Ricardo whose subejct "The country-side of Shakespeare" 
offered unlimited possibilities which, however, he quite failedl 
to utilise. What he read he read very badly and his remarks 
were not in the least illuminating. Mr. Strachan in "The Town 
Iife of Shakespeare" had a more difficult theme perhaps and 
might have done more with it but he was all events very amusing 
and kept the hall in a roar for the latter part of his speech. 
"The National Ideal of Shakespeare" was dealt with 'by Mr. Ford 
and this fourtd! a far greater response in the audience than 
either of the other subjects. Mr. Ford has that happy way 
of knowing how to Iet Shakespeare give his lectures for him, 
a way that has made his 'Varsity lectures here so populär. Alto- 
gether it was a pleasant evening and we hope that the Education 
Department will succeed in filling the bill for the Monday evenings 
to come equally as well. 



TJJJJI 




THE Orchestra did Superstition in the eye for although 
tne elements were obviously "out" to prevent concert No 13 from 
Coming off the players started without the conductor and two 
items were rendered just to show the weather that if it thought 
that its bluster would have any effect on our Camp musicians 
it was Imistaken. We 'hope to hear several more proms before 
we turn in permanently for the winter months. 



WITH regard to the remark in the recent issue to the 
effect that it is taken for granted that the various clubs pay 
rent for the space they occupy in the Camp to the Camp Fund 
the Camp 'Jreasurer informs us that the clubs do not pay 
rent but have pinched the ground which the captains desire 
to put to useful Camp purposes. 

To this we ican only add: Bully for the Captains! 



We're informed by the new R.P.D. 

That to stand in the line's N.B.G. 

But a notioe has sinoe 

Then been issued, which hints 

That the firms new trade-mark's R.I.P. 



When its raining and everything's muddy, 

And we can't get a dry place to study, - 

And we've got a bad cough, — 

And the hot- water' s off, — 

Cän you blame us for calling it "horrid". 



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WHATS WHONG WITH THE WORLD. 

Dear Inkstains, 

"What's wrong with the world" by three 'Varsity youngsters 
and one of the old prosers from the Debating Society, what 
do you think of that f or an evening's enjoyment ? Sounds pretty 
awf ul eh ? You can imagine how cheerf ully I went, Jim insisted 
I should because he had bought tickets and he wasn't going 
to have them wasted. "What's wrong with Jim by Me" was an 
interesting address I can teil you. But this evening was one 
of the Ruhleben surprises, quite one of the best we have 
had in that Hall. To begin with we had the astounding experience 
of having a platform of people who could speak and who 
could be heard. 

Mr. Pender gave one an idea that he knew and appreciated 
Chesterton in the right way and I am confident that his lucid 
speech gave a good many a corrected estimate of that author 
whose cleverness has rather blinded the world to his sounder 
virtues. He summed up G. K's ideas on what is wrong with 
the world, briefly, that we were trying to alter man to suit 
his environment rather than to alter the environment to suit man. 

Mr. Rawson who followed gave us a clever exposition of 
H. G. Wells ideas on the disease and the remedy. Mr. Wells' 
almost blind devotion to scientific order and its application to 
the problems of social life were well expressed in the charming 
account of that author's recent publication "The Wild Asses". 

Mr. Cohen who followed us gave us an account of Mr. 
Israel Zangwill's evolution from the purely objective artist to 
the political thinker. Apparently Mr. Zangwill's idea of what 
is wrong with the world is that the Jews have not yet got 
their Canaan. This was a flagrant disregard for the subject 
but Mr. Cohen was so interesting that the audience quite forgave 
him and sat on the gentleman with anti-semetic leanings who 
attempted to call the Speaker back to the subject very severely. 

The evening was closed by Mr. Andrews who dealt with 
G. Lowes Dickinson as a political thinker. This was perhaps 
the most interesting of all the contributions because Dickinson 
was a new name to so many and it will be the means of in- 
troducing one of our most brilliant contemporary writers to them. 

Altogether I enjoyed the evening immensely and hope we 
shall have more like them. For once in a way the Education 
Department had given us something educative and had not 
thought it necessary to gild the pill with a lot of childish 
stuff we don't want to hear. Yes old man, the young high-fliers 
scored decidedly this time and good luck to em say I. 

Yours ever, 
THE MAD HATTER II. 



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THE JERRY'BUILDER. 

A miß Translation from the original Yiddish specially made for "In Ruhleben 

Camp" by J. de Kay. All right of production, further translation, adaptation, 

elocution, eüocation and A & S Usage strictly reserüed. 



ACT ONE. 

The scene, an office. Time n'importe. 
Dramatis person; Mr. Short — 
Appartment manufacturer, 
Church warden and philanderer. 
The curtain's rise discovers him 
In contemplation of him dim 
And long-forgotten past, when he 
Built churches tall and ricketty. 
"No more o' that" says he, "Appart- 
Ment building s much the finer art. 
This day my biggest job's completed 
Ten stories high and Central-heated ! 
I've made my pile an* marryin' Kate 
'As been my only big mistake. 
Oh Heavens she 11 be here to-day 
To nag my blessed life away. 
There! Thats her step!" He shakes 

with fear 
It's coming nearer! Almost here! 
A pause dramatic now takes place 
With twiddilly music in the bass 
Then(Short*s emotion makeshimyell) 
The sound of the electric bell. 
Enter a maiden, Hilda Vane, 
Brightly attired and with a strain 
Of jauntiness and bonhommie 
And slight theatricality. 
"Holloh there Teddy", Mr. Short 
Jumps like a nervous girl in court 
"My dear young lady , he begins 
"My dear young lady", Hilda grins, 
"Now don't you try to kid me Shorty, 
Come take me out and don't be 

naughty. 
Have you forgotten Margate Pier? 
You told me I was such a dear 
You'd make me your princess and 

build 
A lovely castle for me filled 



With lovely clothes and things and 



now 



You don't rememberBoo hoo! wowl" 
"Oh Heavens Hilda stop it do 
My wif e will soon be here"("Boo hoo") 
Alright then come along m'dear 
But Lord you mustn't cry in here!" 
And now with panic-stricken tread 
He gets his overcoat, his head 
Is wet with Streaming Perspiration 
He strokes his hair in desperation 
"Come on! Quick quick no time 
To lose!" She takes his arm. The rhyme 
Makes kising awkward but in fact 
They did. Here ends the oneth act. 



ACT TWO. 

The scene Short' s buildings, vacant, 

dark, 
Facing deserted Finsbury Park. 
Enter a couple hand in hand 
Carrying all that they can stand. 
His clothes are draggled torn and 

muddy 
His visage flushed with drink and 

ruddy. 
His language I will not report. 
Can this be really Mr. Short? 
He speaks "This is the place m* 

dear 
I promised you I'd bring you here 
To see it, Look dear all completed 
Ten stories high and central heated." 
"Oh Teddy dear and did you do 
It all yourself? You ducky you. 
Oh do go in and climb up top 
And sing to me you Lollipop 
Sing like you did that happy night 
At Southend in the pale moonlight." 



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He goes and Hilda lonely waits 
Gazing on high up towards the slates. 
At lasts she Starts and waves her 

handk- 
Erchief towards a dizzy plank. 
Right on the roof where poor Short 

Stands 
And sings and waves his f at red hands 
"Bravo Encore" screams Hilda Vane 
"Sing Tipparary once again." 
He bows and then, Oh Fate, appears 
A stern faced woman, Drunk? No 

fears ! 
His wife! Alas! Oh sorry night! 
She stops and gazes in the height 
"What's this?" she cries in accents 

gruff 
"Edward come down it is enough!" 
He gives one glance then fainting 

sways 
And slips and as they wild-eyed gaze 



Comes swooping down with arms 

spread wide 
Rolling like mad from side to sidc 
A pit Stands füll of liquid plaster 
He falls towards it ever faster 
Till all his merry making rash 
Ends in one loud terrific splash. 

The curtain falls upon a scene 

That has no parallel 1 ween 

In all dramatic art. The wife 

Stands frozen to the spot, her life 

Withered at one feil splash. 

The jade, unhappy cause of all is 

laid 
Quite dead across a heap of bricks. 
And in the middle where they 

mix 
The plaster white, the sticky sort, 
The bubbles rise from Mr. Short. 
T. de K. 



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CRICKET. 

THE inclement weather of late has interfered very con- 
siderably with the fixtures arranged, by the Cricket Asso- 
ciation, only 10 matches out of the 18 arranged for the latter 
part of August and the beginning of September having taken 
place. The games played have, however, been most interesting, 
"form" having in most matches counted for nothing; as examples 
of this one might take the meeting of 8 with 11 which ended 
in an easy win for 8 by 64 runs, and that of 8 and 12 which 
resulted in a, still more easy, victory for 12 — who won by 
98 runs. One would have thought that 8 might not have been 
good enough for 11 but to see them win against Bloomer' s 
lot and then to fail at the haiuls of 12. Well! Well! 

Sixand2 played a most interesting game on August 18th, 6, 
again contrary to all expectations, beating 2 by 21 runs after 
a most interesting game. The "sixties" batted all morning for 
132 and then disposed of 2 by five o'clock. 

Certainly the game which was most largely attended during 
the season, up-to-date, was that of 7 v 5. On the result of this 
game depended to a great extent the result of the Championship, 
Seven had lost only one game and 5 two games up to that 
date. Had 7 won, a great struggle might have been expected 
between 10 & 7 for the honours of the season, but unfortunately 
the 7 hopes were shattered, 5 winning a most interesting game 
by 23 runs (110— 1 87). 

Since then 7 has again gone under to 3 losing by 23 
runs (133—110). 

One would like to congratulate 13 for two things, first 
and foremost their easy and crushing victory over 1. The game 
was most amusing throughout, the thirteenites giving their opponents 
a day's leather-hunting. The scores 144—40 show the thorough- 
ness of the win, 13 winning on the first innings without the 
loss of a wicket. The other thing that one must congratulate 
13 upon is their captain, Haynes, who carried out one of the 
best "all round" Performances seen in any game here. 

It was in the game between 9 & 13 that the Performance 
took place. Haynes scored 33 out of a total of 63 in the first 
innings and 63 (not out) out of a second innings total of 118. 
Not content with this he secured 8 of the Barrack 9 wickets, 

Certainly the last fortnight has provided interesting cricket, 
for the onlooker, although the result of the season now seems 
fairly certain. 

D. G. 



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TO BRITISHERS. 


The "Ruhleben Bed Collection." 


As announced in our last number we 


have, in response to requests from 


our readers, organised a collection 


with a view to raising funds suffi- 


cient to endow a "Ruhleben Bed 14 in 


perpetuity in one of the Red Cross 


Hospitals at Home. 


We in this Camp have communicated 


with the Home Authorities about our 


MEDALS and about our RELEASE, let 


us now seize this opportunity of 


showing that AS BRITISHERS we sym- 


pathise with those at Home who are 


in a worse plight than ourselves 


and have made , and are making, far 


greater sacrifices than those we 


have been priveleged to make. 


The RELIEF OFFICER of YOUR BAR- 


RACKS will keep the box for a month. 


As a Britisher you will go to him, 


you will not expect him to come to 


you, and make your sacrifice. 


D o G 



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RUHLEBEN GRAMM AR SCHOOL AND 
TECHNICAL COLLEGE. 

IF I were asked to write an advertisement for the Camp School, 
not a very likely thing to happen as already a third of the 
Camp are members thereof and lts need for advertising in a 
restricted Community like ours is nil, still, as I say, were it to 
happen I should head my copy in this way : "Put your price 
in the Business or Professional World up fifty per cent!" 
Please bear in mind that the modern advertising man is not a 
purveyor of choioely worded misstatements but merely a man 
who has been trained in, or who has developed his natural faculty 
for stating facts in such a way as to impress them upon the 
public mind. And in choosing such a heading for my Ruhleben 
School pamphlet I should only be working on the axiom of the 
Publicity world "You can only advertise facts successfully." 

Through the medium of Ruhleben Camp School it is possible 
for any man in this camp to make an "extraordinary best" of 
a bad job. 

The Educational work of the Camp is suited in the main 
to meet the requirements of three classes of individual : 1. Those 
whose internment here has interrupted their preparations for such 
examinations as the London Matriculation, the various university 
degrees or the Board of Trade nautical examinations, 2. Those 
who have already entered upon a commercial or professional 
career. 3. Those who pursue some form of learning for Learning' s sake. 

Naturally the first two classes are of primary importance, 
though no doubt many of the idealists among us would soundly 
rate me for saying so. iBut, on the other hand, the "grazer in 
the fields of Learning" has an opportunity here which, in ninety- 
nine cases out of a hundred is the unique one of his life. 

Ruhleben Camp School is of course no amateur affair and 
its Board of Directors is such as one rarely neets with. It 
is of a distinctly higher academical and indeed practical standing 
than that of the average grammar school at Home. 

Doubtless the Camp has little or no idea as to who and 
what are the men who direct our education. 

The chairman is Mr. 'W. A. C. Ford, a lecturer at Lausanne, 
the secretary is Mr. W. F. Manning who is a newspaper publisher 
while the requisites manager is Mr. F. H. Smith B. A. (Cantab) 
who at the oommencement of the war was studying in Germany 
as the holder of a travelling scholarship from Cambridge. The 
representative for the English and German department is Prof. 
E. W. Patchett B. A. (Cantab) who has just resigned a pro- 
fessorship at Kingston (Canada) to take up a similar position 
at Southampton College, London University. 



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For French Mr. L. Boole M. A. (Oxon) a teacher at Merchant 
Taylors School Preston, is responsible for Spanish Mr. A. G. 
Heather while in charge of the Arts department is Mr. Alec 
Bodin M. A. (Glasgow) who is an assistant professor of phi- 
losophy at his old university. Representing the commercial section 
is Mr. M. Wimpheimer Bar-at-Law and the Science and Ma- 
thematics Mr. J. W. Blagden M. A. (Cantab) Ph. D. (Heidel- 
berg). Engineering is looked after by Mr. A. M. Pennington 
a practical engineer and teacher at Technical College, the Nau- 
tical subjects by Capt. Henriksen Ex. Capt. and finally handi- 
crafts by Mr. R. Venables who is manager of a large engineering 
concern in this oountry. 

The teaching staff which numbers over a hundred consists 
for the greater part of university men or men who have had 
some scholastic experience. 

Any man who is in doubt as to what subjects he can most 
profitably study can call at the School office between Barracks 
two and three and have a talk to any member of the board 
mentioned above. Thus, for instance, the engineer though unable 
to pursue his calling here may yet make a valuable addition 
to his theoretical knowledge. To the seaman with ambition the 
School offers special facilities and it is to be hoped that the 
steps to the loft of barrack six will prove the stepping ladder 
to many a mate's or even master's certificate. 

The position of affairs now is, to use a slang phrase, "it is 
up to the Camp". It ihas at its disposal a brilliant Organisation 
and it is gratifying to know that about one.thousand five hundred 
have decided not to let their time at Ruhleben slip unprofitably 
through their hands. 

The question of accommodation is still to be solved but 
it is to be hoped that the military Authorities will see their 
way to a speedy clearance of the loft of barrack six upon 
which the work of the school can pursue a steady and uninter- 
rupted course. SPINTHO. 



i n 

TO TE ACHERS AND PUPILS! . 

PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM ENDEAVOURING TO SECURE A STOCK OF 

ALL BOOKS IN USE IN THE SCHOOL CLASSES AND AM ALSO NOW 

IN A POSITION TO SECURE ANY EDUCATIONAL BOOKS ON THE 

SHORTEST POSS1BLE ÜOTICE. 

F. L. MUSSETT, YE OLDE CAMPE BOOKE 
SHOPPE, BAR. 5. 

IN THE CORRIDOR FROM 2-4 P M. DAILY. 
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Jl LETTER PROM THE CJiPTJilN 
OF THE CAMP. 



TO THE CAMP! 

As there still seems to Ibe a certain amount of dissatisfaction 
witli the Captains as a body and with the way in which we try 
to run the civil administration of this camp I take this oppor- 
tunity of trying to convince the still remaining small number 
of disbelievers that we are not so black as we are painted 
and also not such unapproachable "bristly hedgehogs" as we 
are made out to be. Before I go any further I should like it 
to be clearly understood that I am not trying to whitewash 
myself or any other Captain, and should any fellow prisoner 
have a specific charge against any worker in this camp let 
him come forward like a man and state it. 

There are complaints that we are far too secrective and 
do not take our fellow prisoners into our confidence. Much 
as we should like to teil each and every one what is going 
on you really must understand the impossibility of such a pro- 
ceedure, taking into consideration the difficulties under which 
we have to do our work, I ask you to leave matters in our hands 
and trust us to do our very best. For the convenience of those 
wishing information it has been made known that we are ready 
to answer any enquiries between 8 and 9 a. m. and 2.39 and 3.39 
p. m. in the Captains Office. 

There has been much talk about the financial arrangements 
in this Camp. I will try to explain thetn as clearly as possible. 
There are three funds, viz. : — 

1. Camp Fund. 

2. Relief Fund. 

3. Surplus Profits, &c. Fund. 

•No. 1 Covers all general expenses of the Camp, such 
as payment of fatigue gangs, repairs and losses, and general 
Camp expense, and is supplied by the American Ambassador 
in Berlin. 

No. 2 is the account of the Relief Money supplied by 
the American Ambassador which is distributed to the men in 
need. /' 

No. 3 This fund it was only possible to start after we 
had received the assurance from the American Ambassador that 
he would meet the general expenses of the camp, thereby enabling 
us to collect for this fund all profits out of the stores, boiler- 
house, etc. etc., after payment of expenses and buying com- 
mission, (formerly we had the nght to buy through the casino 



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lesee and now through the Military Authorities). It was deoided 
by the Canteen Committee, in conjunction with the Finanoe 
Committee, and agreed to by the captains, to reduce the prices 
of foodstuff s o n 1 y and thereby give the man buying food 
the benefits of any profits made in this camp. This was carried 
out and if anyone will compare the price of the foodstuffs, 
such as 'butter, margarine, cheese, ham, eggs, etc. with the 
price for the same quality ruling outside he will see for himself 
where the profits are going. 

The different departments, such as Entertainments, Edu- 
cation, etc. have eadh their own separate accounts and any 
surplus which they have in hand is on deposit at the central 
office. Should we at any time feel that their balance has 
grown to too grealt an extent, we should certainly ask the 
Committee to vote a certain amount to the Surplus Profits, 
etc. Account thereby benefiting the camp again by helping 
to keep the price of foodstuffs as low as possible. 

Herewith is the balance- sheet from the 'end of June audited 
and sanctioned by the American Ambassador. 

Yours sincerely, 

J. POWELL. 

(Perhaps an explanation is due of the fact that we have 
two letters to the Camp in this issue and we should like to 
point out that the above letter was sent to us after we had 
sent our own editorial letter to the printer. Ed.) 




<§Id dKr. 3Kuffef 
Saf on a fuffef 
Smoking his Sffenry clay. — 
^here came a big soldier 
offnd said "QZow, ^f'üe fold 

yer! — 
SCommenSiemif — Spray. " 

BOJ. 



"TOWJtRDS A COMPLETE 
CONCENTRATION CAMP." 

NOW that the Cinema is well established in our midst, with 
a frequent change of programme and no change of at- 
mosphere, we find one of our most pressing needs supplied. 

How slow we have been in obtaining the real necessities 
of life. Somebody must be to blame though it is difficult 
to fix the blame; however we hear it stated on reliable authority 
that a body of public spirited persons propose to erect on the 
Promenade des Anglais a handsome billiard saloon containing 
three Continental and one English tables. This news gives us 
great satisfaction, for we hate to think of the budding Grays, 
Roberts and Stevensons in the Camp losing, through lack of 
opportunity, their delicate touch for screw-backs, feathered 
cannons etc. and rusting in idleness. 

We should like to offer a few humble suggestions for 
similar enterprises which would seem to demand attention and 
give plenty of soope to our energetic promoters and financiers. 

For instance, an up-to-date Roller-skating Rink with 
polished maple floor, free skates, exhibitions and expert tution 
would meet a great demand, oombining as it would exercise 
and amusement. It would of course include a duffers' alley 
and an extra streng floor section for 'Barrack Ten's heavy weights. 

Adjoining oould be built an Oriental Dancing Hall furnished 
with a spring floor and a red, white and blue Hungarian Band 
in oonstant attendance. The total outlay need not exceed £ 75001 

We pride ourselves in suggesting the Turkish Bath and 
Hydropathie Establishment, it is surprising that nobody has 
yet thought of it. If the first grandstand could be removed, 
(and to this end only the permission of the Authorities is 
necessary), a really decent edifice could be run up, (the R.D.S. 
carpenters do these things rather well), which would do credit 
to the Camp. A wintergarden with a few palms and perhaps 
a fountain, a lounge and smoking room with Rokeresque 
waitresses and a soda fountain should not be difficult to arrange. 

Recent deveiopments have made an Inebriates Home an 
absolute essential. 

For the life of us we cannot see why the Camp lacks a 
cabaret or Night Club (those in vogue are too bad!) and sujrely 
no self-respecting Concentration camp should be without its 
opium den, if Mr. Pogson oould only be persuaded to interest 
himself in the latter, his knowledge of things Chinese would 
ensure immediate success. 

The laying out of a deer park might prove difficult but 
think how populär it would be if well stocked with old dears. 
Then again Ruhleben positively cries aloud for its madame Tausaud' s. 
The trouble would be that our supply of celebrities is so immense. 



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On seoond thoughts, however, perhaps the best Suggestion 
we can offer would be to pool all the inexhaustible funds that 
this wonderful camp seems to possess, and build a comfortable 
"Home for those who have lost their perspective." 



SHAKESPEARE ON RUH LEBEN. 

Belng a feu) Quotations from Mr. L. M. Strachan's Contribution to 
" The Shakespeare Eüening". 

"The remainder viands. 

We do not throw in unrespective sieve, 

Because we are now füll" Trolius and Cressida II. 2. 

"Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, 

Then say if they betrue" The Tempest "V 2' 

"I shall sutler be 

Unto the Camp and profits will accrue" 

Henry the fifth, II. I. 

"A captain! God's light, these villains will make the 
word as odious as the word "occupy" ; which was an excellent 
good word bef ore it was ill-sorted : therefore captains had need 
to look to 't." Seoond part Henry the Fourth. II. 4. 

"Falstaff. Which of you know Ford of this town? 
Pistol. I ken the wight; he is of substanoe good." 

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^^^^<. ^^^^^^ been appointed Captain of 

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' ^^ Mr. C. A. Hallam who has 

retired from the post. Our thanks go out to Mr. Hallam 
for his valuable Services in the interests of the Camp. 



WISHING to take the Camp into our confidence \ve 
stated in the last number of this magazine that arrangements 
for installing a kitchen ränge had been made. These arrangements 
were so far completed that it seemed quite impossible for any 
hitch to occur, but at the last moment the permission was 
withdrawn. We keenly regret having to disappomt the Camp, 
but it only proves once again that it is better to say nothing 
until our projects become "faits accomplis". 



THE Cineomatograph Theatre was formally opened on 
Saturday, August 2 Ist. at midday, when the Camp film and 
two comic films were shown before Baroness von Taube, all 
the officers of the Camp, and an appreciative audience of 
Camp Workers. The Camp film has proved very populär and 
besides giving us some very good pictures of Camp celebraties 
there are excellent pictures of Baroness von Taube and several 
officers. 



BESIDES the inclement weather we have another sign 
that winter is approaching — from Ist. September bedtime 



p. m. 



IN the interests of the whole Camp please ramember, 
nrstl>, to leave the playing fields promptly when the whistle 
is blown and, secondly, to line up as soon as possible when 
there is an "Appell". If those two or three who persist in 
Coming late would mend their ways it would save the barracks 
a long and unpleasant vvait. 



CANTEEN PRICES have been raised as follows 



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Butter to M. 1.80 per Ib. 
Eggs i, „ —.15 each. 
Jam „ ,, — .85 per tin. 
It is hardly neoessary to point out that these prices are 
still far below those ruling outside. 

THE following is a copy of the letter received from 
the British Foreign Office through the medium of the America'n 
Embassies in London and Berlin:— 
No. 104717/15. 

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs presents 
his compliments to the United States Ambassador, and, 
with reference to His Excellency's Note of the 30th. 
ultimo respecting certain souvenir medals for British 
civilians interned at Ruhleben, has the honour to state 
that relief from public funds is granted to British ci- 
vilians interned at Ruhleben, who would otherwise be 
destitute, in order to alleviate their Situation and that 
His Majesty's Government are unable to sanction the 
expenditure of relief on objects other than those of 
an essential character. 

FOREIGN OFFICE. 6th. August 1915. 

SHOULD there be any trouble in the Camp the interned 
are requested in their oWn interest, not to gather round the 
soldiers, nor to collect round Barrack No. 11. 




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KINDLY note that no more money but only tickets will 
be accepted at the Boiler- House for Kot water. 



THE re-constituted Entertainments Committee is as 
follows :— - 

Mr. THORPE, Chairman. 

Mr. TURNBULL, Vice-Chairman. 

Mr. WILLIS. 

Mr. COTTERELL. 
Mr. TAPP. 
Mr. ROKER. 
Mr. EDEN. 
Mr. BELL. 
Mr. BOYD. 
Mr. BAINTON. 

Mr. BARD (Secretary without a vote). 

Mr. M. S. PRICHARD has received a letter from Sir 
Louis Mallet, K. C. B., Director of the British Red Gross 
and Order of St. John, st^ting that he would be pleased to 
receive a visit from anyone who returns to England from this 
Camp. The address is : — 

31, St. James' Square, 

LONDON S.W. 



THE American Ambassador in Berlin has wired to England 
to ascertain what relief German-born wives of Englishmen 
interned in this Camp will receive upon proceeding to England 
and whether it is possible to ; grant any further relief to those 
remaining in Germany. 



WE are oonstantly cross-questioned about the exchange 
of military unfit. We can add nothing to what has been 
published in the local newspapers but we assure the Camp 
that it will not be our fault if they are not informed of the 
details as soon as same are made known. 



THE Camp Dentists, Drs. Percy Rutterford and H. 
Sumner Moore, are busy treating the most urgent cases. Unless 
you are in pain please do not visit them until further notice. 



A romantic young woman called Hilda 

Was entrapped by a mad Master-builder 

With a sudden descent 

To the next world he went, 

And rapture, filled Hilda, — and killed her! 



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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CAMP. 

Dear Fellow-Campites, 

You read that letter to the Captains with a chuckle didn't 
you, for it is always pleasant to see an official get it in the 
neck. The man who wrote that letter did it well and calculated 
that you would content yourselves with approving of what he 
said and would never have the gumption to think of what he 
left unsaid, and he calculated rightly with most of you. I am 
not an official, not even a common or garden buttonman. Im 
one of you but I am a sportsman and I like to give the Devil 
his due — or if you like to put it that way to give the official 
his due. 

Ever think of what the officials do for the Camp? Ever 
think where you would be without them? "They all do the 
work for what they can get out of it" you say. Well I don't 
see a crowd of you besieging the Captain's Office for Jobs 
and you don't mean to teil me you are all above making a little 
yourselves ! 

The Captain's don't teil you anything ? Well do you 
ever go and ask them anything ? Don't grouse because the 
Captains don't come and teil you things but go and ask them. 
Then, if they turn you down you may grouse, but not before. 

The men in the canteens and in the boiler-house are an 
uncivil lot aren't they ? And the customers are all angels 
I suppose ? I took the trouble to stand by the canteen queue 
for a quarter of an hour one day — it was a revelation in 
human patience to me — but it was the patience of the man 
inside not the man outside ! "Half-full ". "No that's not enough". 
'"But this water is not boiling and besides it is too füll'' — 
this with thirty others waiting behind him in the rain. Do 
you wonder that the man inside asked him "What the Devil 
he did want ", I don't. 

How you cuss those Supermen! They and the Captains 
run a neck and neck race for the privelege of being the most 
abused body in Ruhleben. You don't remember that it was 
the Supermen that started your entertainments and your education 
movement. 

The Dramatic Society are a rotten lot and ought to be 
squashed but you were jolly glad to get "Androcles and the 
Lion" in those horrible long evenings last winter. It is the 
same with all the other societies to a less extent but you never 
leave an empty seat at a show do you ? 

Then the educational lectures, how you bridle at the very 
mention of them ! Why ? No one asks you to go and if you 
don't want to, then you can always stop away but don't get 
wild at the hall being given over onoe a week to those who 



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do want to hear them — if you do then you are an unsporting 
crowd. 

The paroel post men work like horses but to hear you 
talk they are not there to get you your parcels but to pinch them. 

I've heaps more I could say but I can't hire the whole 
magazine but as a last word remember that without the officials 
you would be in the cart. And if they are fools and sometimes 
lose their tempers well so are yO f .l fools and so do you 
lose your tempers. 

Yours sincerely, 

ONE OF YOU. 

P. S. It isn't the officials who get little nooks for themselves 
and play at being exclusives. 



RUHLEBEN SCHOOL CHANTS 
No. 1. PRESIDING FORD. 

/"^AN I see thee, gleaming, beaming, 

Through thy spectacles, and dreaming, 

Can I unmoved see thee scheming 
On the Board 
Presiding Ford? 

• 

•Say, in the times now long gone by 
Did wicked men the School decry, 
And thirsty souls, in anguish cry, 

''The thing's a fraud", 

Presiding Ford? 

And now at last from chaos brought 

— Most by thine own illumined thought — 

The School's — to use a slang phrase — "caught" 

And crowned its lord 

Presiding Ford. 

2 PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT. 

I A GRAND EISTEDDFOD 

1 WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER. 

FÜLL DETAILS LATER. 

1J For particulars concerning above apply to E. J. Davies, Barrack 21 



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'LÜATER WATER EVERYWERE AND 
NOT A DROP FOR TEA". 

(A new Herlock Sholmes adüenture.) 

COME in" cried a familiär voice in answer to my knock 
on the heavy sliding door of the box stall. I discovered 
Sholmes reclining in a deck chair wringing some lost chords 
out of the soul of a concertina. 

''My dear Whyson, I am delighted to see you", he said, 
motioning me to an easy margarine box. "You will find the 
tobacco in that clog on the shelf". 

"But", I began. 

"Oh that is quite all right" said Sholmes picking up an 
empty box and suspending it by a nail over the peep-hole in 
the door. "You will observe my dear Whyson that should anyone 
try to look through that hole he would simply see the inside 
of the empty box." 

"Marvellously simple" said I, "and quite worthy of you, 
my dear Sholmes !" 

"And now Whyson", said Sholmes, when we had settled 
ourselves comfortably with our pipes. "Where have you been 
hiding yourself , I have seen nothing of you lately ?" 

"I have been rather busy the last few days" I replied. 
"This morning for instance, I went early to the Canteen for 
a nard-boiled egg. But after waiting some hours in the line 
the man next but one in front of me got the last. I neixt went 
to the Parcels Office and after waiting a few more hours nearly 
succeeded in getting a parcel. That is to say all of the Contents 
of the thing addressed to me were confiscated with the ex- 
ception of two glass jars of jam and those were broken." 

"Most annoying" said Sholmes. 

"Yes, one is kept constantly busy here doing nothing", 
I replied. "This afternoon I waited a further two hours trying 
to get a ticket for Wagners 'Götterdämmerung' and all I could 
manage was a seat on the top of one of the stoves". 

"That is very hard." said Sholmes. 

"And very cold" I added. 

"But now my dear Whyson I have just been presented with 
a very pretty problem, something that will interest you. Of 
course I have a lot of other things on hand, the affair of 
the missing lion's head, the disappearence of the balance sheet 
from the boiler-house, the mystery of the bücket from barrack 
eight, the fraud of the gilt watch-chain and the like. But as you 
know my dear Whyson I do not regard the problems that come 
my way from the point of view of the pecuniary profit that 
may accrue therefrom but solely as a specialist in mystery. 

(Continued on page 34) 



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"I could see that Sholmes had been presented with a 
problem after his own heart for seldom have I seen him as 
near excitement as he was on this occasion. 

"Well teil me all about it Sholmes", I cried, "and it will 
really seem like old times." 

"Here you are" he replied and handed me an R.X.D. 
card from the Captains' Office. 

It ran as f ollows : "Dear Mr. Sholmes we find ourselves 
in a frightful difficulty and would be indescribably grateful 
if you would come to our aid. Every night a number of men 
from various barracks steal from their beds and disappsar until 
morning, in many cases not returning for the count at six thirty. 
This is, as you will readily recognise, a very serious matter and 
we trust that you will not deny us your assistance. P.S. Please 
do not mention this to anyone outside the Captains' Office as it 
would never do for the Camp to think that there was any 
problem, however difficult that we are not capable of solving 
without any outside help whatever." 

Sholmes smiled somewhat sarcastically as he saw me reading 
the post-script "Rather like the appeals we used to get in 
the old days from Scotland yard only not so well put, Eh 
Whyson ?" 

"Well have you any ideas ?" I enquired, knowing füll well 
by the way he stroked his chin that my inimitable friend had 
already formed some theory which would lead to a speedy Solution 
of the Captains' woe. 

"Yes we have some ideas on the matter and we will put 
them to the test to-night when I shall be glad of your Company 
and may be of your assistance Whyson. Meet me by the flag- 
staff at ten-thirty will you. By the way don't bring your service 
revolver as it might go off and so land us in trouble — that 
is to say in barrack eleven." 

At ten-thirty I stole along to the appointed meeting place 
where I found my friend awaiting me. Thanks to my previous 
experiences of a like nature I had taken the precaution to 
put my dark trousers over my pyjamas so that we should not 
be conspicuous and Sholmes nodded approval when he noted 
this evidence of my having benefited from his lessons. "But 
my dear Watson why cover up your white trousers and leave 
your white jacket to give us away ? Still it won't matter for 
this little trip. Now come along and do walk lightly so as 
not to wake them." 

This I thought was a little exaggerated, believing that he 
referred to the people sleeping in the barracks. 

Noiselessly we crept down Bond Street and we were 
just oposite the Lobster's stores when Sholmes gripped my 



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arm. "See them ?" he whispered hoarsely. Sure enough I saw 
several figures leaning against the boiler-house. 

"What are they making?" I asked, for like many others 
in this camp I am in the throes of Otto-Sauer and this has 
a prejudicial effect on one's English at times. 

"Sleeping" replied Sholmes simply. Then after a pause 
"Well we'd better be going back to barracks." 

"But what about these people? Are these the missing 
men? What are you going to do about it?" And I put the 
querries in a heap. 

"My dear Whyson" drawled my friend, "Like the dra- 
matic societies I think my best course now is one of masterly 
inactivity. It is up to the captains now, as our friend Millington 
would say." 

"But my dear Sholmes it is all so absurdly simple how 
did it occur to you that these men were to be found there?" 

"Observation, my dear Whyson, only Observation. Teil 
me how do you spend most of your time here?" 

"Why in lining-up of course." 

"Just so and about what do you swear most?" 

"Why about lining-up of course." 

"Just so. And do you sleep well when you have been to 
the Casino?" 

"Why no, of course not." 

"Just so. Well there you are." 

"Where ?" 

"Well come now my dear Whyson you have been priveleged 
to study my methods all these years surely it is quite obvious 
to you. Let us look at the facts. Firstly all the men who 
disappear are casino-schein holders. Secondly they are quite 
normal during the day but do this mysterious vanishing act at 
nights. Trouble in the night my dear Whyson is usually 
attributable to stomache trouble. Then the fact that these men's 
suboonsciousnesses must by this time be saturated with the idea 
of lining-up. There you are my dear Whyson, and my 
extraordinary friend hastened away towards his box and his 
beloved concertina. 



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IS STILL INCREASI1 



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR,. 

Dear Sir, 

In view of the connection which has frequently been 
asserted to exist, between the writer of the letter to tha 
external authorities respecting the already over-discussed badge 
question, and the British Ruhleben Association, I am authorised 
by my committee to make the following statement: 

1. That the letter, which was drawn up by a sub-section 
of this committee, for Submission to the British Foreign 
Office, had as its sole object the prevention of the issuing 
of badges in this camp. 

2. That, owing to the populär feeling in the camp 
against an referenoe to the subject being made to authorities 
outside, that letter was never allowed by the committee to 
leave the camp. 

3. That neither the chairman, the secretary, nor any 
other member of this committee is aware of the identity 
of the person or persons who eventually wrote the letter 
which has brought forward the reply posted outside the 
Captains' Office on the morning of Aug. 30th. last. 

4. That this committee therefore disclaims all knowledge 
of the letter in question and expresses its strong disapproval 



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of the fact that any communication should ever have left 
this camp wtih the Suggestion that money essentially granted 
for relief, should be disbursed for any purpose other than 
the purchase of actual neccessities. 

Our attitude throughout this controversy has been constant 
in opposing the expenditure of any money, or the issuing of 
any badges in this camp. So far as the British Ruhleben Asso- 
ciation is concerned, this discussion is now closed. 

I am Sir, Yours etc., 

ALBERT DANNHORN. (Hon See. B.R.A.) 

Bar. 2, Box 17. Sept. 3. 1915. 



ADIEU A L'HIRONDELLE DE RUHLEBEN. 

Sais-tu petite hirondelle 
Si ici, tu nous retrouveras 
Quand a la saison nouvelle 
Ton vieux nid tu rechercheras? 



Malgre le plaisir de te voir 
Entre nos barraques voler, 
Crois-moi, j'aimerais mieux, le soir 
Dans mon jardinet, t'observer. 

Adieu donc, oiseau favori 

Viens me charmer au mois de Mai 

Esperens la paix retablie 

Et pres de l'aiinee je serai. 

H. A. B. 




38 

MPOLOGIES. 

EDUCATION CÖMMITTEE to MR. T. SULLIVAN 

Dear Sir, 

A*. the weekly meeting of ths Education Committee, which 
is the publisher of "In Ruhleben Camp", held on Aug. 31 
attention was called to the article published on Aug. 27 in 
No. 6 of that magazine entitled "Stolen midnight interviews 
No. 2. Mr. O'Sullivan of Ballysport" which contained expressions 
that might be misunderstood in a sense depreciatory of yourself. 
The Committee at once deputed one of its members to express 
its regret to you and wishes now to repeat publicly its concern 
that you should have suffered annoyance in consequence of 
the words of which you complain. 

I am, dear Sir, 

obediently yours, 

H. S. HATFIELD. 

Secretary. 



Dear Mr. Sullivan : 

You know how truly I admire you and your character as 
well as the straightforward way in which you have championed 
everything connected with the best interests of sport here and 
elsewhere ; you do not need my word therefore to know that 
it has been no less bitter to me than painful to you that anything 
written by me could be misread m a way to inflict a wound 
upon your honour. I wish to acknowledge frankly and with 
the same publicity as that given to my unhappy expression what 
I have already said to you personally, that I sincerely regret 
the occurrence. 

Yours sincerely, 

L. H. TONES. 



Dear Sir, 

Please accept the expression of my regret that as editor 
of IN RUHLEBEN CAMP I should have allowed any 
words to be printed which could inflict pain upon you or be 
capable of misrepresenting your reputation for uprightness. That 
my effort to afford innocent amusement to our fellow prisoners 
in the hours of their weariness should have been the source 



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of annoyance to anyome of them is as far removed from my 
endeavours as it is the contradiction of my intentions. I can 
assure you quite spontaneously that I am sorry. 

Yours most truly, 

T. A. BARTON. 



RUHLEBEN SCHOOL CHANTS 
No. 2. THE PROFESSOR PATCHETT. 



YV7HEN to hear a sermon 

On the joys of Old High German 
Then it is I haste to snatch it 
From thy lips, Professor Patchett. 

Should my thirsty knowledge pant 
For the mysteries of Kant 
Oh! *tis then I kiss the latchett 
Of thy shoes Professor Patchett. 

Oft I used to wonder how a 
Man could tackle Schopenhauer 
Such an egg wants broo Hatch it 

ding! 
Under the Professor Patchett. 



JSiiflQ ^jfach S^orner 
Saf in a corner 
Safing his prunes and rice. 
qTCq put in his spoon 
o^fnd pulled out a prune, 
Sxclaiming "©h rnyt offow 

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nice 1 
BOJ. 



When I tired and weary swot 
Kaffir, High Old Hottentot 
If a "facer" comes 1 match it 
With thy skill, Professor Patchett- 

If before your wondering eyes 
Visions of a head should rise 
Noble, dorne- shaped, minus thatch it's 
Probably Professor Patchett's- 

Should he ask "I prithee, won't you 
Say who wrote this rubbish?" 

Don't you!! 
If you do you bet I'll catch it 
From my friend Professor Patchett. 




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TYPEWRITIN0 ©FFIiE 

The aathorit ies reqaest us to annoance 
that it woald greatly assist them in 
their task of eensoring letters if the 
same were typewritten — espeeially in 
the ease of business letters . The prin- 
ting department is prepared to under- 
take this task at the nominal eharge 
of II pfennigs per page. Letters to be 
typed should be handed in at the prin- 
ting Office between 11 & 12 a. m. — to 
be delivered the following iay at the 
same time . 

L. SPIOER, Manager. 



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BILL HEADS. MENÜS. 

Special Bills for Concerts and 

Tneatricals. 



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SONG OF 1914. 

A few of the latter are still 
obtainable. 



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supplied at the shortest 
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at NET SHOP PRICES. 

No extra eharge, not even 
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LARGE STOCK IN HAND. 

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BECAUSE — A REPLY. 



"FHANKS for your Thanks 

Poetic Grouser! 
Left-handed is your Thanks 
And yet 

We will not fling it back — 
A grain of comfort 
In an almost thankless Task. 

Why do we do it? — ask you, 

And all my ans wer is 

God only knows: 

For neither Supermen, nor 

Buttonmen, 
Nor Captains all, 

Nor e'en the philosophic Deans 

themselves 
Do know 

Why Workers work in Camp. 

It can't be gold, 

For that has other uses now: 

And dirty One Mark Scheins — 

Ugh! • 

No doubt, no doubt, 

We have our little Vanities 

As you have too 

Poetic Grouser. — 

And all the Camp, 

Nay, all the World. 

Th' Approval of one's Fellow-men 
S the latest weakness 
Of great Minds. 



And love of petty power? 

Ay, e'en to that 

I will not say you Nay — 

Nor to the other human weaknesses 

That you suggest- 

They play their part: 

BUT 

The Fundamental Reason's 

THIS 

That certain men are blest — 

Or curst — 

With Energy. 

To them — Life's Work 

And Work Life, 

And sitting still is Death. 

So seek they Work 

And Vanity demands 

It shall not be 

Quite without use : therefore 

We seek to serve 

Our Fellow-men. 

We want not Praise nor Credit 

(These are but childish -Words) 

We only ask 

Would you, Poetic Grouser, 

Not better be 

To join the Buttonrnen, or Supermen, 

Or helping in the University — 

And not expend 

YOUR Energy 

In Grousing? 



gl<r*Q-%*}y^i\Ml 




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THE RUHLEBEN 
CARPENTER 

Mr. Josephson Opposite Bar. 5 

He knows how to make Ruhleben lodgings cosy, 
comtortable & healthy. 

ls your chair broken? 

Do you need a bedstead. 
Or any other repairs? 

Go to him at once. 



MISS MOLLY M'GINTY SENDS US THE 
FOLLOWING UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIRL: 

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43 



FINJiNCE COMMITTEE'S REPORT 

on the Accoants to 30 th - Jane 1915. 

THE amount of M. 29,091.81 appearing in the Surplus 
Profits, &c. Account represents the total derived from 
donations, library fines, prooeeds of concerts up to the formation 
of the Entertainments Committee, and profits arising from Can- 
teens, Dry Stores, Boiler- House, &c. from November 6th. 1914 
to 30th. June last. 

Up to a reoent date it was believed that the money to pay 
running expenses of the Camp would have to be raised by 
profits made upon the sale of goods, but recently an assurance 
was reoeived that all necessary funds for this purpose would be 
supplied by the American Embassy. It was therefore decided 
to apply the above mentioned surplus to reducing the selling 
price of the most essential articles of food (such as butter, cheese, 
eggs, vegetables, &c.) and these have for some weeks past been 
on sale at prioes very considerably under those at which they 
can be purchased outside the Camp. It is hoped that this 
practice can be continued for some months to corae — possibly 
tili the end of the year. 

The balance at the credit of the Entertainments Fund 
represents the surplus derived from public productions under 
the auspioes of the Entertainments Committee after meeting the 
costs of such productions. Such surplus is held at the disposal 
of that body for any expenditure necessary for the preparation 
of amusements for the Camp. 

Ruhleben, 26th. August 1915. 

(Signed)... J.P.JONES, 1 

Camp Treasurer. FINANCE 

S. HURRY. b 

J. H. PLATFORD, | COMMITTEE. 
Chartered Accountant. ^ 

t % 

LINING UP MEANS COLDS AND ILLNESSES 

and is a no longer neccessary evil. The Ruhleben 
Supplies Delivery calls at your boxes or loft between 
7 — 30 and 8 — 30 a. m. and 1 and 2 p. m., collects 
your orders and delivers the goods in time for 
dinner or tea as the case may be. Our office 
is between Barracks 3 and 4. Saturdays one delivery. 

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BALANCE SHEET. 30 th June 1915. 

Ruhleben-British Concentration Camp. 
LIABILITIES. 

Sundry Creditors for Goods supplied 19,964.65 

„ v „ Cash on Deposit 

Entertainments Fund 2,'417.47 

Various 1,565.97 3,983.44 

Surplus Profits, etc. Account 29,091.81 

M. 53,039.90 

ASSETS. 

Cash in Hand and at Bank 19,924.77 

Stock in Trade at Various Stores 16,039.84 

Sundry Debtors 4,760.95 

American Embassy Weekly Relief Fund- 

Amount distributed in excess of Receipts 1,644.70 

Camp Fund Account. 

Amount due by American 

Embassy-Expended in excess of Receipts 10,669.64 

M. 53,039.90 

Ruhleben, 14^- July 1915. (Signed) J. P. JONES, Camp Treasurer, S. HURRY, 
J. H. PLATFORD, Chartered Accountant, Finance Committee. 



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45 



INCOME and EXPENDITURE ACCONT. 

For period: - 11 th - April 1915 to 30 th June 1915. 



Total Receipts from ßth. November 1914 to 
10 th. April 1915 per Statement issued at 
lQth. April 1915 

Total Expenditure do. do. do. do 

Surplus at 10th. April 1915 

Made up as follows : — 

Camp Fund Account 

Surplus Profits, etc a/c 

Embassy Weekly Relief a/c 

CAMP FUND ACCOUNT. 

Balance as at 10 th. April 1915 

Add further amounts received to 30 th. June 
1915 being amounts received on account 
of occulist fees, etc. sales of summer 
clothingl — 

Less: — Relief afforded, including Occulist, 
Dental and Medical Expenses, Milk and 
Eggs for Invalids and Boys, Repairs to 
Boots, Clogs, etc. Funeral Expenses, 
Travelling Expenses to Sanatorium, Bread 
for Hospital, Extra Food at Casino for 
Invalid Prisoners and General Relief: — 
Refrigerator for Kitchens : — .... 
Extra Meat for Prisoners on Empire Day: — 
Wages paid to Interned Prisoners (Latrines, 
Kitchens, Fatigue Parties, etc.) .... 
Sundry Expenses, including repairs to 
Windows, Purchases of Utensils, White- 
washing Barracks, Various Fixtures and 
Fittings, Disinfectants, Ice for Refrigerators, 
Office Stationery, Printing and Postage : — 

Balance due to Camp Fund Account at 
30 th. June 1915, since received: — 

AMERICAN EMBASSY WEEKLY RELIEF 
FUND ACCOUNT. 

Balance undistributed at 10 th. April 1915 
Further Amounts received to 30 th. June 1915 



Relief afforded by weekly distributions and 
travelling expenses of released prisoners : — 

Amount paid in excess of receipts — reim- 
bursed in July 1915: — 

SURPLUS PROFITS ETC. ACCOUNT. 

Balance as at 10 th. April 1915 

Add: ^— Donations, Library Fines, Proceeds 

of Concerts, etc. to 30 th. June 1915 . 

Boiler House, Canteens Profits .... 

Balance to be applied to the reduction of 
prices of foodstuffs : — 



122,859.90 
101,304,84 

21,555.06 

6,264.70 
13,579.86 
1,710.50 21,555.06 



6,264.70 



2,596.30 



8.861.— 



2,568.70 

650.- 

1,550.- 

9,578,86 



5,183.08 19,530.64 



10,669.64 



1,710.50 
144,300.- 

146,010.50 
147,655.20 

1,644.70 

13,579.86 

584,59 
14,927.36 

29,091.81 



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Who are the Best Footballers 
in the Camp? 

We want Your Opinion please! 



In conjunction with the Football Association Committee we 
have formulated a scheme for secunng the opinion of the 
Camp on this, to all sportsmen, most mteresting question. 
The coming association football season will be opened by 
a match England v. The Rest and the Committee guarantee 
to play the teams chosen by the majonty of our readers, 
taking the men place for place. Thus So-and-so may 
secure a majonty of votes as a back then he will receive 
his place in this position. Over-Leaf will be found a 
form on which you are requested to write the teams as 
you would choose them and drop this into our letter box 
not later than Sept 1 7 th. The result will be announced 
in our next issue. (If you do not wish to tear your copy 
of the paper you may copy out the form on another slip 
but do not forget name and barrack number.) 

We intend to make a special feature of football reports, 
both Association and Rugby, throughout the season. At 
least four pages will be devoted to these and we hope 
from time to time to have special articles by leading 
players. Our next number will contain a special article 
on "Barrack Prospects". by A. H. Pentland, 



48 



OPENING MATCH OF THE SEASON. 



NAME B 



ar. 



My Choice of the teams would b 



Goal 

Right back- 
Left back - 
Right half - - 
Centre half- 
Left half - - 
Outside right - 
Inside right 
Centre forward 
Inside left - 
Outside left - 



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ha 8 arrived. 
Sliced bacon. 

POND STORES 

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